Jeffrey  Bellin

Prof. Jeffrey Bellin

University Professor for Teaching Excellence and Robert and Elizabeth Scott Research Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School

Jeffrey Bellin received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University (summa cum laude) and his law degree from Stanford Law School (order of the coif). After graduating from law school, Professor Bellin clerked for the Honorable Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Following his clerkship, Professor Bellin served as a prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.; and practiced with the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins.

Professor Bellin received a 2019 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty award, the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. In 2018, he received the law school’s McGlothlin Award for Exceptional Teaching; in 2017, Professor Bellin was named a University Professor for Teaching Excellence (three-year term) upon the recommendation of a College-wide faculty search committee; and he received the Walter Williams Memorial Teaching Award from the 2014 graduating class. Professor Bellin was also awarded a Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence in 2015, and Cabell Research Professorships in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

In recent years, Professor Bellin has been called upon by the federal courts to investigate allegations of misconduct against federal judges. His report on one investigation formed the basis for a published opinion in a particularly high-profile case. See In re Charges of Judicial Misconduct, 769 F.3d 762 (D.C. Cir. 2014). He also serves on the National Center for State Courts’ Research Advisory Council.

Professor Bellin’s legal writing is regularly cited in federal and state judicial opinions and scholarly commentary. He also contributes to the media, appearing frequently on Bloomberg Law Radio and Hearsay with Cathy Lewis (NPR). His commentary has been featured in numerous other media outlets, including CNN, ABC, USA Today, NPR, and the Washington Post.